While appearing on Fox News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got caught in a lie by Chris Wallace.
The lie was over what McConnell’s real positions are when it comes to Senate rules about filibusters, which are the procedural methods that are sometimes employed to stall nominations for an array of positions.
The most notable nomination to be considered recently by the Senate is that of Neil Gorsuch, who President Donald Trump nominated to fill the vacant seat of the late Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch, as a young man, will likely be on the bench for decades now that he has been confirmed.
Senate Democrats, however, didn’t let that confirmation go through without a fight. With the man responsible for Gorsuch’s nomination under an FBI investigation and with Gorsuch having a record of disturbingly strict interpretations of the law, Democrats announced plans to filibuster Gorsuch’s confirmation.
In doing so, Democrats took a page right out of McConnell’s playbook. He led an indefinite stalling effort on the nomination of Merrick Garland by President Obama to the Supreme Court, successfully keeping Garland off the bench. Concurrently, McConnell has literally used the filibuster against nominations that he didn’t like more than any other Senate leader ever.
Now, however, he’s flipping out that Democrats are so eager to use his own methods against him.
Chris Wallace expertly pointed out Wallace’s blatant hypocrisy.
Back in 2013, McConnell was the leader of the Senate Republicans, but he was in the minority. Those early years of McConnell’s time as Senate Republican leader are when he first “perfected” the process of employing a filibuster.
However, his filibusters became so obstructive that Senate Democrats were forced to change the rules in order to allow government to continue on functioning normally. They changed the number of votes required to end a filibuster on lower court nominations from 60 to 51. That rule change didn’t affect Supreme Court nominations.
At the time, McConnell railed against the Democrats’ move, rambling on about how it violated democracy and so on and so forth. Now, however, as he has shown, he finds it nothing to do the very same thing in order to end a filibuster and get Gorsuch confirmed.
Wallace confronted McConnell about his hypocrisy, asking him regarding his plans to employ what’s been termed the “nuclear option:” “Is it worth it? Because what you’re doing is destroying part of what makes the Senate special, the need to reach out to a bipartisan majority.”
The Kentucky Senator responded by attempting to explain that what the Senate Democrats had done back in 2013 was apparently ultimately a good thing because it “restored the practice and custom of the Senate” to not actually employ filibusters but simply submit to the will of the majority. That’s certainly a curious idea of what the “practice and custom of the Senate” is.
You can watch the video of his reply, along with the rest of his Sunday appearance on Fox, below.
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